The Fuzzbomb is on the loose!
That's right baby, somewhere in the USA there's a Fuzzbomb and only one person can stop it. It's the ultimate good guy. It's a hero so pure and, it gets to wear a white hat!
The game off course can be no other then the legendary Agent USA!
The plot is simple. You travel the US railroad network and try to take out the Fuzzbomb. It's a strange thing that resembles a TV, only with fuzz instead of a normal picture. In order to defeat the Fuzzbomb you need to walk directly into it with a hundred crystals in your pocket (those are the only thing that can stop the fuzz).
It does sound easy, but believe me, it's not!
The thing you start off with only 10 crystals and first you need to grow them. In order to do that you need to drop a crystal at the station and watch it grow. But look out for the infamous black hats. Those are regular citizens, who wish to get those crystals too, in order to protect themselves against the fuzz.
You also need to know that the fuzz is very contagious. If a citizen touches the Fuzzboms he becomes a fuzzbody. Further on, every citizen that touches a fuzzbody becomes one. So the fuzz is spreading fast!
If you have some crystals and are touched by a fuzzbody you'll just loose a number of them. On the other hand, if you have no crystals, you'll turn into a fuzzbody yourself. This doesn't end the game though, because if you manage to collect one of the crystals, you'll turn normal again.
But be careful, the Fuzzbomb is surrounded you fuzzbodies, so it's really hard to get to it with 100 needed crystals, especially since that's the upper limit of them. You can't carry more the 100 crystals!
OK, now you know what needs to be done, so how can you do it?
You start off at a random city's railway station. Every state capital has an info booth and if you enter it you'll be able to locate the Fuzzbomb and see how the fuzz is spreading. Then you need to buy a train ticket and get as close to the Fuzzbomb as possible (while still being safe). If you see a * next to the city you wish to travel to, it simply means you'll go by a fancy train that takes you there faster, instead of the old steam engine. But such fast connections are possible only between large cities.
The tickets are free, so you needn't worry about running out of money.
You can shove the black hats away from the crystals, or even shove them on a train (if you clear the station it will be easier to grow crystals).
Now you know all there is to know, so good luck to you, you'll need it.
And as if the game wasn't difficult enough, you can start an advanced game, where fuzz spreads faster and the game is even harder to play.
All in all you get to learn about the US cities in this game (at least most of those that have a railroad track running through them), while having a lot of frustrating fun. The game is simply too difficult completely enjoy it. Still the sounds are quite good, but the graphics are eye burning CGA graphics. Still get the job done though. But can you? Can you stop the fuzz?
Agent USA is a good Windows remake of the original 8-bit classic game of the same name, released by Lothlorien in 1984. Designed for kids, the game is a fun action game with a bizarre premise. You are a secret agent, and your job is to track down and eliminate the "FuzzBomb," a mysterious creature or object that infects innocent people and turns them into mindless "zombies", who then wander around aimlessly, infecting other people that they touch.
The gameplay is quite simple, but educational at the same time. You move from city to city in the U.S. as you attempt to locate the area that the FuzzBomb has infected. Your only weapon against the FuzzBomb and people who have been "fuzzed" are magical "diamonds". When someone who has been fuzzed comes into contact with one of the diamonds, they revert back to their normal selves (and that diamond is used up and disappears). You start off with 10 diamonds, and you can grow more (yes, diamonds grow in this game) by simply dropping them on the ground and letting them multiply. However, other civilians will try to steal your diamonds if you leave them out in the open, so you have to protect your diamond crop while trying to touch people with them.
The educational part of the game comes in the fact that you need to travel between the cities by train (some cities have express trains). In the process, you learn where various U.S. cities are located on the map, and you will also learn which ones are the state capitals. Okay, so this may sound like saying Railroad Tycoon is an "edutainment" title because it's got a U.S. map, but hopefully you get my drift. Even if kids won't learn more than city names in this game, at least they'll be having fun ;)
There are several neat things about the game, beyond the bizarre premise and fun gameplay. For example, the game doesn't end if you get "fuzzed" yourself (which can happen when you get touched by a zombie with zero diamond left). You simply lose all control of your character, so you'll watch him wander aimlessly from city to city like all of the other civilians. If you wait long enough, you may actually gain control of your character, because some of the civilians who carry diamonds as well may come into contact with your agent. Pretty neat.
True to the Commodore 64 original, people in this game look like big cowboy hats with little legs sticking out underneath. Your character wears white hat, and all civilians wear black. All in all, Agent USA may not be the best game ever made, but its original premise and gameplay will probably keep you entertained. This version is shareware - you can only travel 10 times before you have to register the game. But for only $2, it shouldn't only be a big decision to make ;) Recommended, especially for the young ones in your house.
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